Shruthi Rajasekar

Performing Arts – Musician/composer

Plymouth, MN
September 2021
Named by The Guardian UK as a composer “who will enrich your life”, Shruthi Rajasekar is an Indian-American musician exploring identity, community, and joy. Shruthi’s music draws from her training in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms. Composition honors include the KHORIKOS ORTUS International Award and the Global Women in Music Award from the United Nations & Donne in Musica. As a soprano and Carnatic vocalist, Shruthi has been recognized by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the internationally-televised Carnatic Music Idol USA. A graduate of Princeton University, Shruthi was awarded a Marshall Scholarship in the UK for graduate studies in composition and ethnomusicology.

At the Anderson Center, Shruthi wrote a piece for the Edina High School Concert Band, directed by Paul Kile. This piece, her first solo work for band, synthesizes Indian and Western musical techniques, creates space for reflection on cultural identity, addresses gaps in current band repertoire, and expands ideas as to what is possible for this type of ensemble.